Sunburn Prevention & When To Seek Treatment

Sunburn Prevention & When To Seek Treatment

As the temperatures have risen, it’s tempting to spend every day outdoors. After all, you’ve waited all winter long – now’s your chance to soak up the sun and have some summer fun.

While it’s great to get outside and absorb all that healthy vitamin D, basking in those sunny rays isn’t free from negative consequences. Without the right protection, the sun can do a number on your skin. Itchy, sore, and hot-to-the-touch, sunburn is a dangerous part of the summer season.

Sunburn Prevention & When To Seek Treatment

Occasionally, severe sunburns require medical attention. Learn when it’s time to seek treatment for your sunburn.

Caring for a Minor Sunburn

Most of us are familiar with typical sunburn. It might include reddened and painful skin that lasts for a few days. Severe burns may blister and peel over the course of a week or so.

You can usually manage sunburns at home with over-the-counter pain relievers, cool compresses, baths, and soothing skin ointment such as aloe vera.

How do I tell if my sunburn is severe enough to need medical treatment?

Severe sunburn causes blisters over a large area. It may result in multiple small blisters or one large blister. If you are experiencing severe pain with headaches, vomiting, fever and/or dehydration, consider seeing an urgent care right away. These symptoms are similar to heat exposure or heat stroke and should be taken seriously.

If your child blisters from a sunburn or experiences any of these symptoms, get medical help right away. In extreme situations, hospitalization may be necessary so that IV fluids (for dehydration) or pain-controlling medications can be administered.

Risk Factors for Severe Sunburn
  • Children younger than 6, particularly infants, and adults older than 60 are very sensitive to the sun’s rays.
  • Some medications can increase your sensitivity to the sun.
  • High altitudes and reflective surfaces (such as ice, sand, and water) can make you more susceptible to sunburn.

Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater and apply it properly (15 minutes before going outside and every one-to-two hours after that.) It’s never a good idea to mix alcohol with outdoor activities. Alcohol impairs judgment and alters your perception of time, making you more apt to forget to reapply sunscreen.

Urgent Care Clinics in Omaha and Bellevue, NE

Urgent Care Network of Omaha has three locations in the Omaha metropolitan area. Our three clinics are:

Our staff is here every day of the week to assist with your urgent care and workers compensation needs. You probably won’t need urgent care today, but when you do need medical attention, count on the Urgent Care Network of Omaha clinics to provide quality care and convenience.

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